Dentality @ Hoddesdon - Implants Explained
- General Dentistry
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Implant Dentistry
- Orthodontics and Braces
- Hygiene Therapy
- Nervous Patients
Dental implants are specifically made titanium screws which are placed into the jaw bone. Once the bone has healed around the implant it is able to support single or multiple crowns. Dental implants are currently the preferred way to replace missing teeth in most situations. The Association of Dental Implantology UK has a very thorough page on dental implants which answers almost all of the frequently asked questions. It can be found here.
How long do they last?
How long is a piece of string? Dental implants are affected by any number of factors which can shorten their life expectancy. To simplify things, as long as you are fit and healthy, do not smoke, have regular check-ups and hygienist visits the implants should last a very long time. As normal teeth, dental implants can become infected and lose their supporting bone, eventually becoming loose and require extraction. The crown/bridge which is secured on top of the implant does suffer from wear and tear and it would be sensible to budget for its replacement or refurbishment once every 10 years. The cost of this is much less than you would have initially paid for the implant treatment.
Does it Hurt?
Implant treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthesia and 99% of our patients cope well with the experience. We are able to offer IV sedation for nervous patients which makes the whole experience much more relaxing. There is usually some post-operative pain which can be managed with over the counter pain killers. From our experience, patients who have 1 or 2 implants cope very well and are in little or no pain after surgery. Patients who need a combination of multiple implants and grafting tend to be in a bit more discomfort afterwards and tend to swell up a bit more which soon resolves. All our implant patients get a mobile number for one of our surgeons, so we are always only a phone call away in case you have any concerns after the surgery.
Why does it cost so much?Firstly, implant dentistry is not something which is taught in dental school, dentists do not graduate with any first-hand experience in placing implants. This can be obtained through weekend/week/month long courses or through formal University education. We have made every effort to obtain the services of more than one experienced dentist in this field and always discuss our cases together before formulating a treatment plan which we think would be ideal for you.
Secondly, there are hundreds of implants systems available on the market today, each one with its own specific clinical tools, screwdrivers, screws etc. We mainly use the Sky Implants by Bredent Medical, Germany. The materials this company supplies are of an exceptional quality and as a result carry a price premium. We would caution all patients to read up on the implant manufacturer which is used by their dentist, as our main worry is that if a patient has an implant placed into their mouths made by a small company, the necessary tools or parts may be difficult to obtain in 5 or 10 years time if that company no longer existed.